Its been five years since we last saw the Wizarding World on screen. Later this year we will return to the Wizarding World in the movie “adaptation” of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but that is merely a spin-off. If you want to see a proper Harry Potter sequel, you’ll have to head to London’s West Hollywood End to see JK Rowling new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer. The production promises to follow the Boy Who Lived well into adulthood, starring Jamie Parker as a middle-aged Harry Potter, now a father of three, while Poppy Miller plays Ginny and Sam Clemmett their son Albus.
Today the first preview performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One just happened, and the first reactions have hit the web. Until today it didn’t really hit me that there will be a continuation of the Harry Potter story, and after seeing these reactions and photos I’m now very excited to see this and read the script book (and we know it will very likely eventually be made into a movie). Lets take a look at what people are saying in the first Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews and reactions, and don’t worry, we’ll “keep the secrets” — this is spoiler-free.
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Since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice proved to be a disappointment for Warner Bros. Pictures by not pulling in as much box office as they hoped, the studio is really banking on the success of Suicide Squad to help turn things around. The movie is even anticipated by those who didn’t really enjoy Batman v Superman all that much, and it’ll be the key to keeping audience interest in the rest of the growing DC movie universe.
The good news is that Suicide Squad seems to deliver on the hype with some early reactions hitting the web following a test screening. Read some of the lucky attendees’ Suicide Squad reactions after the jump. Read More »
I don’t think anyone was expecting a unanimous reaction to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon. Refn’s horror film just screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and the critical response was mixed, to say the least. Some have claimed the reaction was even more divisive than when Only God Forgives debuted at the festival — which likely pleases Refn, who never attempts to satisfy all audiences. “I can only say if you’ve polarized, you’ve done something right,” he once said. “If everyone likes it, you’ve done something wrong.”
Check out The Neon Demon early buzz below.
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The 2016 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and some of the year’s biggest films are premiering there. One of the more anticipated titles is The BFG, marking the return of Steven Spielberg to family film territory. The movie reunites Spielberg with his Oscar-winning Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance and newcomer Ruby Barnhill for an adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s classic novel about a young girl who befriends a “big friendly giant.”
The BFG just debuted at Cannes this weekend, and reviews and reactions are already hitting the web. The good news is that young children should enjoy the whimsical Disney fantasy film, but for some, the movie is missing a little bit of the magic that Spielberg’s family fare usually has. Check out some of The BFG reviews after the jump. Read More »
Captain America: Civil War only just debuted, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is still in theaters across much of the country. But with six (count ’em) major Marvel and DC adaptations out this year, there’s no time to waste. So buzz is already building on 2016’s next big superhero showdown, X-Men: Apocalypse. The first reviews are in, and critics have a lot to say about Bryan Singer‘s latest entry in the mutant franchise. Get the X-Men: Apocalypse early buzz after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Forget all of those super-serious superhero-on-superhero showdowns. Sometimes, the brightest sparks fly when two not-so-heroic foes are forced to join forces. And no one does that particular genre of story like Shane Black, as we’ve seen in films like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Lethal Weapon. His latest, The Nice Guys, pairs a hapless detective (Ryan Gosling) with the gruff enforcer (Russell Crowe) who broke his arm, as the two get caught up in an ever-more-tangled web of intrigue involving a missing girl, a dead porn star, and Matt Bomer in a really unflattering haircut.
All of the marketing so far has suggested that Black is up to his usual tricks — colorful characters, ridiculous action, crackling dialogue — with typically spectacular results. And the first reactions from early screenings are backing that up. Get a taste of the Nice Guys buzz and watch the Nice Guys final trailer after the jump.
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Last night brought the first screening of Captain America: Civil War for members of the press in Los Angeles who are attending a press junket this weekend. We’ll have coverage of that after this weekend, including an interview with Kevin Feige. But first and foremost, you’re probably curious about how this epic battle of superheroes turned out.
For now, there’s on embargo on full reviews for Captain America: Civil War until April 13th, which is when the movie screens at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Thankfully, Disney and Marvel have allowed some reactions to hit the web by way of Twitter. The good news is that the movie seems to be pretty spectacular, with plenty of praise for Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Read the brief Captain America Civil War reviews below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
A little less than a year ago, the very first footage from The Jungle Book brought the house down at Disney’s D23 expo, with critics raving about the “next level” animation. This past weekend, the first reviews from the full-length film finally hit theaters, and… well, it turns out critics still like it a whole heck of a lot.
Reviews range from fairly positive to really positive, but a general consensus has formed around a couple of elements: one, the 3D is some of the best we’ve seen since Avatar, and two, Idris Elba‘s Shere Khan makes for one terrifying villain. Find out what else the critics had to say in our Jungle Book reviews round-up below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
One of this year’s most anticipated screenings at the SXSW Film Festival wasn’t for a film at all, but for a show. AMC brought the very first episode of its long-developing Preacher adaptation to the event, much to the anxious anticipation of the source material’s many fans.
Based on the graphic novel by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher follows, well, a preacher, who finds himself in possession of a very unusual power. He sets out on a quest to confront God, and along the way joins up with a former flame, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire, Cassyidy (Joseph Gilgun). And by all accounts, the story is even stranger than that description makes it sound.
Show creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin (the latter of whom will also serve as showrunner) have been very upfront about the fact that their series would not be a letter-for-letter, panel-for-panel adaptation of the source material. And Ennis, for what it’s worth, doesn’t seem to mind one bit. So the real question here is how capably they’ll have captured the spirit of the novel. We’ve rounded up some of the Preacher reviews after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
The results are in. House of Cards season 4 hit Netflix at exactly 12:01 AM Pacific time this morning, and the critics have now weighed in with their thoughts on the latest batch of episodes. Overall, the consensus is that House of Cards has re-embraced its soap opera roots, and is all the better for it. Robin Wright is getting particular praise for her turn as Claire, who finds herself at odds with husband Frank, and some of the new additions to the cast (including Ellen Burstyn and Cicely Tyson) have drawn positive notice as well.
On the flip side, it sounds like House of Cards hasn’t suddenly gotten more real-world political just because 2016 is an election year. Those hoping showrunner Beau Willimon will use his final season with the series to comment on the craziness of the current race for the White House will probably be disappointed, although those who just want to escape into drama and scandal and intrigue may find plenty to enjoy. Read a round-up of House of Cards season 4 reviews below. Read More »